Essie Fox has written three Victorian novels. Now, The Last Days of Leda Grey moves into the Edwardian era and also the 1970’s as it tells the haunting story of an enigmatic silent film actress ~ before an obsessive love affair leaves her abandoned and alone for more than half a century.

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The Last Days of Leda Grey has been chosen as The Times Newspaper’s October Book of the Month. The Times describes the novel as  “luminous … with a sensuousness to the prose … Leda Grey’s world is utterly beguiling.”




“Essie Fox writes with passion and authority. Her interest and love of cinema is clear throughout the novel. She brings to life some of the film stories of yesteryear, giving the reader a tantalising glimpse into the intriguing world of cinema history. Evocative and haunting, this story is beautifully told… multi-layered and hugely engaging. The characters are rich, mysterious and surprising and the setting is fabulous. Quite enchanting.” Random Things Through My Letterbox, blog review. 

“Intensely sensual … exquisitely written … tantalisting mystery heaving with imagination, atmosphere and drama …so much more than I could ever dream of. Bravo!” Little Bookness Lane, blog review

“Dark, haunting, compelling…equal to Daphne du Maurier’s novels. This book held me in its grip. Loved it.” Liz Fenwick, author

 “Spent a sunny day hunched tensely over The Last Days of Leda Grey … Macabre, transporting, thick with atmosphere and allusion.” Morgan McCarthy, author

“I have just read The Last Days of Leda Grey and have woken up in a haze of incense with a beaded shawl over my head … the flickering images, the shadowy figures, and the ghostly backdrop of Brighton … will tingle and chill you in equal measure.” The Booktrail,  REVIEWS

 “Noir meets gothic in this fantastic book … a dark and brooding narrative that is bristling with suspense and atmosphere.” Book and Brew, REVIEWS

“Descriptions were amazing …really felt as if I was there in that house, both in the past and the present of the 1970’s. Very very clever!” Jenn Ashworth, AUTHOR 

“It’s hypnotic!” Kellie Jackson ~ Words Away, REVIEWS

   “Darkly sparkling. Very much enjoyed my days in Leda’s twilight world. Doubt I’ll sleep all that well tonight…” Anna Mazzola, AUTHOR

“Wonderfully creepy tale. Leda is a triumph.” Vanessa Lafaye, AUTHOR




“Deliciously unsettling.” Independent

“Memorable and unusual.” Times

“The glee with which Fox approaches her material is infectious.” Guardian